Converts, Wed, Jan 30 2013 #(1229)

Jan 30, 2013

Dear Professor Dawkins,
I've considered the theory of evolution to be true since I first learned about it. It made perfect sense to me, and I saw no alternative explanation that was satisfactory. Equally important was the fact that I saw no contradiction between evolution and the Bible. It wasn't until recently, when I, fresh from reading 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' was debating evolution with a Southern Baptist who was a Young-Earth Creationist, that I really lost my religion, though I had been doubting for many years. The creationist in question made the fatal mistake of demonstrating, beyond my ability to refute it, that Christianity and evolution are completely incompatible. Faced with the choice between Christianity and evolution, I was forced to choose the latter. Having rejected Christianity, the religion I was raised in, it was easy for me to reject other religions just as easily. It was the first time that I asked myself, “Why do I believe in God?” I could not produce a satisfactory reason. In that moment, I realized that I was an atheist, and probably had been for a while. It was only by reading and discussing your books that I came to terms with my own atheism. I sometimes wish that gods exist, and I usually wish that there was an afterlife, but then I also wish that I could be a wizard and go to Hogwarts.
Thank you for your enlightening books, Dr. Dawkins. I'll always be grateful to you, and I hope to meet you someday.

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